BY A STAFF REPORTER
THIS gaunt, stone memor
ial at Dachau, Bavaria, is not to remind us that six million Jews died at the hands of the Nazis, but to remind the world of man's inhumanity to man.
When Britain's Sue Ryder went to its unveiling a fortnight ago—along with 2,000 others from 15 countries—her pilgrimage became a sad disillusionment.
She went there hoping that on this former parade ground where thousands died before firing squads between 1933 and 1945 all men would resolve that history would never repeat itself.
But to Miss Ryder's shame the ceremony was marred by German demonstrators, leftwing and right-wing, clashing with the Dachau survivors.
Miss Ryder, who has dedicated her life to helping the victims of Europe's infamous concentration camps and their families, asked a demonstrator why he was so angry. "Because," he explained, "lies are still being told about the Germans.
"People still hate the Germans. All the countries before World War Two decided to eliminate Germany. Germany's racial policy was right." And so the tirade went on.
More in sorrow than anger Miss Ryder told a Press conference last week that the world had made a big mistake in thinking that all Germans could change their attitudes in such a very short time. "It must be remembered," said Miss Ryder, whose husband Group Captain Cheshire also runs homes for the chronically sick and the needy, "that there are still people in Germany in positions of power who were reared on the creed of race-hatred."
In the meantime her work, which began in the early fifties, will continue unabated.
Despite the Russian intervention in Czechoslovakia, despite a shortage of funds and despite the tricky political tight-rope in Eastern Europe she has ambitious plans for homes and help for 250,000 war survivors still urgently needing help.
Sincesshe first obtained permission for concentration camp survivors and former resistance fighters to enter England for short holiday periods for treatment and recuperation, the Sue Ryder Foundation has opened 43 homes—three in England, 20 in Poland, 17 in Yugoslavia, one in Greece, one in Israel and one in Germany.
In these homes 1,200 survivors of the holocaust and their children have found refuge, financed mainly by people "who could not afford to give," said Miss Ryder.
As most of the 250,000 survivors still in need of help are nationals of Eastern European countries (with which Bonn has no diplomatic relations) they have been refused monetary compensation by Germany.
SURVIVORS From headquarters at Cavendish, Suffolk, the Sue Ryder Foundation now spreads its mantle of help to them and thousands of others who escape the "welfare gap," through a unique but expanding system of voluntaryhelpers, working in close liaison with local and national government officials.
In November, 1965, a special appeal was launched to mike £250,000 to consolidate the work and establish 25 new hospitals and homes.
Although the appeal has gone well, money is desperately needed to pay for commitments which were made on faith alone.
"We are sending out appeals for old clothes, used stamps, food, voluntary help and money," said Miss Ryder. "We want people to run. secondhand shops, organise meetings to publicise our work, to make Deeds of Covenant, and sell our Christmas cards" Miss Ryder, whose organisation is non-denominational, is nevertheless steeped in Chris tian motivation. She especially would like to get more support from young people for her work which she describes as a "living memorial" to the 20 million concentration camp victims who died and the numberless millions who are still suffering from the effects of inhuman brutality.
Her work today extends to India where the Mission for the Relief of Suffering operates among the sick and the aged.
Much of the inspiration of the Sue Ryder Foundation is embodied in this prayer, found on a piece of wrapping paper near the body of a dead child in Ravensbruck, the Nazi concentration camp where 92,000 women and children died.
"0 LORD Remember not only the men and women of goodwill but also those of ill will. Rut do not only remember all the suflering they have inflicted on us, remember the fruits we bought, thanks to this suflering, our comradeship, our loyalty, our humility, the courage, the generosity, the greatness of heart which has grown out of all this, and when they come to judgment, let all the fruits that we have borne be their forgiveness."
VR. BLESS, S.J., editor-in-1; chief of the controversial new Dutch Catechism, this week denied a report that the Dutch bishops are to give a warning to Catholic publishers in other countries who want to publish translations of the catechism which include the revisions urged by Fr. Dhanis, Si., of the Doctrinal Congregation. The Dutch Catholic daily, De Volkskrant, had said the bishops would tell publishers they would be free to issue the revised edition, but should not offer it as "The New Dutch Catechism." Fr. Bless said revision of the catechism was still being discussed by the Dutch bishops and Vatican authorities.